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Denis Gauthier declined Rangers tryout invites
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09-20-2009, 11:57 AM
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Some of these players need a reality check. They expect to receive guaranteed contracts. Gauthier stole money for the last 3 seasons. The Flyers gave him $6.3 million over 3 years. The Rangers tried to acquire him from Phoenix at the 2006 trading deadline but Barnett wanted Ivan Baranka. Dean Lombardi rescued him from the minors last season. Lombardi and Ron Hextall knew Gauthier from their days in Flyers management.
MA Bergeron turned down an invite from Columbus. Dominic Moore turned down 3 years/$5.1 million from Toronto before Burke traded him to Buffalo. Manny Malhotra turned down 4 years/$8 million from Atlanta. Francis Bouillon is still unsigned. He was probably offered a tryout by many teams.
The effects of a salary cap. Qualified and capable players like Tanguay, Sykora, and even Prospal, are taking cheap 1 year deals in hopes that more cap space will open up next summer. It seems like the agents are the ones to blame for it. They're giving their clients bad advice. Guess they didn't get the memo that this is a salary capped league now.
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